- Audio CD (28 May 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Explicit Lyrics, Extra tracks
- Label: Polydor Group
- ASIN: B007IVD9PM
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,681 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Magic Hour is Scissor Sister's fourth studio album and includes a diverse list of new collaborators for the band. those who feature on the album include Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Diplo, Alex Rihda [BoysNoize] and Azealia Banks. The album was recorded over a year in New York and London. the album includes the single "Only The Horses", which was co-produced with Calvin Harris.
Scissor Sisters’ audacious cover of Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb sounds as fresh today as in 2004 – but can the same be said for the band themselves? 2010’s Night Work album, despite the Frankie Goes to Hollywood-like majesty of Invisible Light, sounded panicked, testing the thin line between exuberance and contrivance. Its number two chart position was hardly a disaster – but the album sold less than previous sets, leaving this fourth album with plenty to prove.
The band describes Magic Hour as "future pop" – but collaborations with Diplo, Pharrell Williams and Calvin Harris looks, on paper, more like bandwagon-jumping than any forward-thinking. But it works.
Baby Come Home, a cousin to Take Your Mama Out, opens fearlessly with honky-tonk piano, Vocoder and wasted decadence, strutting about with impenetrable confidence. The annoying Keep Your Shoes On fails to build on this, but Inevitable quickly settles into a lovely Bee Gees-recalling groove, demonstrating that when they step off the dance floor Scissor Sisters are capable of genuine vulnerability.
By its makers’ admittance, Magic Hour is a smorgasbord of styles – it hops around like a rabbit browsing the Now! series. But what comes through, to the advantage of this set, is the sense of the band really enjoying itself. From the hard-hitting synths and rapping of Shady Love through to the all-conquering, Calvin Harris-assisted Only the Horses; from the Rufus Wainwright-ish anguish of Secret Life of Letters to the dancehall of the surprisingly mesmerising Let’s Have a Kiki, Sister Sisters have recovered their debut album’s playfulness.
Every mixed bag will have its misses, and sure enough San Luis Obispo is as forgettable as Best in Me is insipid. But Self Control pounds like a lost 90s house 12", while Somewhere demonstrates commendable restraint and is the equal of their very best work. It’s such a natural closer that the extra tracks add little, F*** Yeah possessing the charm of a neighbour’s house party the night before a job interview.
Doubts dashed, Scissor Sisters have rediscovered a magic touch lacking slightly on Night Work. Their progress is marked by a developed sense of reflection, which balances their familiar flamboyance – surely to resurface with their Fraggle Rock soundtrack – quite wonderfully.
--Marcus J. Moore
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Top Customer Reviews
Each album from this outrages group is different to the one before, and that's wha i like...
If you like classic hits like "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" and the more balladic "Laura" you already have a good idea of the scope of this album - bouncy pop interspersed with the occasional slower number. It's a natural continuation of a great pop band with a well used formula that hasn't waned a bit. Now, all I need to do is re-order a new, unscratched copy...
Like most other reviewers on this site, I agree that "Let's Have a Kiki" is the stand out one by far, with its classic Scissor Sisters sense of fun. Saying this, "Shady Love", "Baby Come Home" and "Year of Living Dangerously" are awesome as well.
I was worried about the many different collaborators, but the doubt was uncalled for and everyone who worked on the album have come up with something incredible.
All in all, I loved this album from the first listen (which is strange for me, since it usually takes 3 or 4 listens) and I think that this is a worthy addition to the Sisters' repertoire.
Lock the doors tight!
Overall, very well received album, and even among friends of mine who are not fans it was received reasonably well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as good as earlier albums however still a great listen.Published 10 months ago by Christopher M Powell
I loved their first two albums. The third was good, but not great. This seems to fall into the same "degenerating into club-esque nonsense" as far too much modern pop.Published 13 months ago by A. J. Hawkins